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    Two new posts...one good, one not so much:

    Title: Re: JMS: MoSF - Watchbird?
    Author: [email protected]
    Date: 5 Aug 2006 20:06:50 -0700
    Message-ID: <[email protected] com>

    Jan wrote:
    > Found this article at the Futon Critic
    > http://www.thefutoncritic.com/pr.aspx?id=20060804abc01 which says:
    >
    > <<Episode five is Watchbird, based on the short story by the legendary Robert
    > Sheckley and written Sam Egan. The episode stars Sean Astin and James Cromwell
    > and is directed by Harold Becker. In Watchbird, as society creates robotic
    > droids to prevent killing before it takes place, they discover that all life
    > depends on a fragile formula of killing and death.>>
    >
    > Written by Sam Egan?? IMDB seems to show a joint credit with you and Sam Egan
    > but it may be just that he's Co-Exec. Producer? But so are a bunch of other
    > people, it seems. Is that an error is did something change?
    >
    > The actor list is making the show look really interesting, as does the info that
    > Stephen Hawking will be introducing/narrating. I don't see any info on when
    > it's to air, though.

    Upon reviewing the extensive revisions done up in Canada, which I
    didn't see until almost time to shoot, I felt that the end product did
    not reflect my work and deleted my credit. It's Egan's draft, and he
    should receive appropriate credit.

    <snip the rest of my post>
    Which explains why he didn't mention it at SDCC. Pity...I wasn't at all fond of Egan's scripts for 'Jeremiah' so I don't have a whole lot of good feelings about MoSF any longer.

    Title: Re: JMS's Spotlight at SDCC
    Author: [email protected]
    Date: 5 Aug 2006 20:19:56 -0700
    Message-ID: <[email protected] com>





    [email protected] wrote:
    > Opie301 wrote:
    > > A good man once said...
    > > "All life can be broken down into moments of transition and moments of
    > > revelation. This [has] the feeling of both."
    > >
    > > Congratulations to you, Joe.
    >
    > Yes, Ron Howard is one director who might be trusted with your work.
    >
    >

    I just got back today from two days spent at Ron's farm up in
    Connecticut going through the script and doing what's necessary to get
    this thing up and on the rails with him and several of the brass from
    Imagine, and boy, I gotta tell you, it was maybe one of the best
    creative experiences I've had in a long time. To work with guys who
    really know story, who when they discuss the script it's all about what
    makes sense rather than giving notes out of agendas or egos...it's like
    a breath of fresh air, and nice people on top of that.

    It's all very exciting, they're already budgeting and doing schedules,
    talking to actors, and talking about the film as a prestige project.
    This was my first meeting with Ron, and it confirmed everything that
    I'd heard: level-headed, incredibly smart and creative, grounded,
    friendly, it's all about what makes the best story, the best scene, the
    best shot.

    As if this were all not enough, late Friday, after a number of
    conversations with a major studio about another project -- a big-budget
    historical action piece, think something along the lines of Braveheart
    or Gladiator -- they called to offer me the gig. I accepted, and we're
    off to the races. My first priority of course is to Changeling, but
    once that's up and moving ahead, I go right to this and B5:TLT.

    The script for Borrowed Lives will be going in this week to Touchstone,
    and we'll see what follows thereafter. But I'm very happy with the
    script at this point.

    Amazing times....

    jms
    Jan
    Last edited by Jan; 08-06-2006, 03:01 AM.
    "As empathy spreads, civilization spreads. As empathy contracts, civilization contracts...as we're seeing now.

  • #2
    Originally posted by Jan
    Two new posts...one good, one not so much:


    Pity...I wasn't at all fond of Egan's scripts for 'Jeremiah' so I don't have a whole lot of good feelings about MoSF any longer.
    Jan
    I'm with you about Egan's scripts for Jeremiah. They always seem to be lacking something.
    ---
    Co-host of The Second Time Around podcast
    www.benedictfamily.org/podcast

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    • #3
      Originally posted by thebaron
      I'm with you about Egan's scripts for Jeremiah. They always seem to be lacking something.
      Exactly. For my money, the Egan scripts were too obvious. That's *not* a compliment on a show like that and when held next to JMS's scripts, it's quite a put-down. Which, when read carefully, is exactly what JMS's post about the Watchbird script amounts to. We'll see what credit ends up being "appropriate".

      Jan
      "As empathy spreads, civilization spreads. As empathy contracts, civilization contracts...as we're seeing now.

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      • #4
        That's too bad about MoSF. I was really looking forward to seeing his episode. Hopefully the show will still be good.

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        • #5
          What's B5:TLT ?
          Sleeping in Light-----Darnit! Shut the Window.

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          • #6
            Babylon 5: The Lost Tales. The direct-to-DVD (but possibly also broadcast) project that JMS announced at SDCC

            Jan
            "As empathy spreads, civilization spreads. As empathy contracts, civilization contracts...as we're seeing now.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Jan
              Babylon 5: The Lost Tales. The direct-to-DVD (but possibly also broadcast) project that JMS announced at SDCC

              Jan
              I keep wondering about this direct-to-DVD format.
              Will that be only region-1 or will we have the chance to buy them in other regions too? Like Europe (region 2)?
              Or will they simply be zone free? Does anyone know?
              Understanding is a three-edged sword: your side, their side and the truth.
              John Sheridan

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              • #8
                Originally posted by DeMonk
                I keep wondering about this direct-to-DVD format.
                Will that be only region-1 or will we have the chance to buy them in other regions too? Like Europe (region 2)?
                Or will they simply be zone free? Does anyone know?
                As long as its region 1, there will be nothing to worry about.
                Recently, there was a reckoning. It occurred on November 4, 2014 across the United States. Voters, recognizing the failures of the current leadership and fearing their unchecked abuses of power, elected another party as the new majority. This is a first step toward preventing more damage and undoing some of the damage already done. Hopefully, this is as much as will be required.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by LessonInMachismo
                  As long as its region 1, there will be nothing to worry about.
                  Nothing to worry about: how so?

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by vacantlook
                    Nothing to worry about: how so?
                    I guess he was just selfish ^^ - they should be without RC... I mean if they had never been on TV or cinema a RC wouldn't be usefull

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                    • #11
                      On the film front things seem to be going well for him .Historical films interest me depending on the subject matter and of course he has the Changling all things for us JMS's fans to keep watch over.I find it funny in Hollywood that if a man sells a script to a major director the studios take notice .JMS haS WORKED in tinsel town for what 20 years, he gets noticed for one scripts HW is an amazing town sometimes it makes me chuckle.I am happy for that he is getting the recognition I think he always deserved from the beginning .*cheers and success to JOe *

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by LessonInMachismo
                        As long as its region 1, there will be nothing to worry about.
                        Well, if you live in region 1. I'm stuck in region 2, so it matters.
                        Understanding is a three-edged sword: your side, their side and the truth.
                        John Sheridan

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by DeMonk
                          Well, if you live in region 1. I'm stuck in region 2, so it matters.
                          Bingo!!!!!
                          Recently, there was a reckoning. It occurred on November 4, 2014 across the United States. Voters, recognizing the failures of the current leadership and fearing their unchecked abuses of power, elected another party as the new majority. This is a first step toward preventing more damage and undoing some of the damage already done. Hopefully, this is as much as will be required.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Jan
                            Babylon 5: The Lost Tales. The direct-to-DVD (but possibly also broadcast) project that JMS announced at SDCC

                            Jan
                            Oh yeah, sorry, few missiles can fuck up my head
                            Sleeping in Light-----Darnit! Shut the Window.

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                            • #15
                              Since region-free players are easy to come by and common in Europe and much of the world, region-coding is actually much more of a problem for Americans than for others. (Region-free machines are of dubious legality under various U.S. laws and manufacturers would rather avoid the hassle of being sued by the studios. Also standard-definition U.S. TVs can't properly display PAL/SECAM video signals, whereas PAL/SECAM sets can handle the NTSC North American broadcast standard. Add it all together and it is much easier for the rest of the world to watch Region 1/NTSC DVDs than it is for Americans to watch imported DVDs.)

                              JMS hasn't said anything one way or another about overseas releases of B5:TLT, but he wouldn't have any control over that anyway. Bottom line: If the Warner Bros. subsidiary that is responsible for DVD releases in your country thinks there will be a market for the DVDs, they'll arrange to put out a Region 2/PAL edition. If not, not. Warner Home Video in the U.S. doesn't make those decisions. The local WB company does.

                              Regards,

                              Joe
                              Joseph DeMartino
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